Muslims Saying Jesus Said Don't Eat Pork?


I know a guy who’s a Muslim/agnostic and he asked me why Christians eat pork if Jesus said “Don’t eat pork.” I was very confused, as Jesus never said that, in fact, Jesus said the opposite and disbanded the dietary restrictions.

I tried to tell him that Jesus never said that, but he wouldn’t listen. What should I do in future situations? Thanks!


You’ve told him the truth. If he chooses to ignore you, then just don’t serve him any ham sandwiches and move on with life.


Just forget about it.


Say grace before eating, then eat :dove::pray::rose:


Christ Himself never directly addressed the issue of foods being “clean” or “unclean” (Kosher or not). Some might say He did so indirectly. It’s debatable.

The actual Scriptural source for Christians eating pork (for that matter, shellfish or any other non-Kosher animals) is in Acts when Peter has the dream and he is told that all animals are clean to eat. Acts 10:9

Your Muslim friend is probably referring to a verse in the Koran. Of course, we don’t believe that the Koran is inspired by God in the first place, nor do we believe that it accurately records the life of Christ; while Muslims do believe both.


I tried to tell him that Jesus never said that, but he wouldn’t listen. What should I do in future situations? Thanks!

If the subject comes up again, ask him where it says that Christ told us not to eat pork.
If he cites the Old Testament, then point him to Peter’s vision.
If he cites the New Testament look it up. Find out what the passage actually says.
If he cites the Koran, you will need to point out that Christians do not accept the Koran as Scripture.


Dear @FrDavid96

Doesn’t Mark 7 basically address what foods are appropriate (even the narration says Christ made all foods clean, in most English translations at least)?

Christi pax.


The moral laws of God, both in the Old and New Testament are still binding to everyone, The Jews were bound and still observe the ceremonial laws that were given to them in the Old Testament. The New Covenant was given by Christ to the new Israel of God, the Christians . It’s this covenant and its laws we’re bound to and no restriction on pork is commanded.

Colosians 2: 16-17
Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.


I said that He never directly addressed the issue.

In Mark 7 He in-directly addresses it.


what he said.
tell him to prove it
report back how he justifies the statement


I agree that Jesus didn’t speak at all about the subject of eating pork.

If you talk to him again, you might point to the passage in the Book of Acts when God did away with the food laws of Judaism for Christians.

Acts 10:9-16Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

9 The next day, as they were on their journey and coming near the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour. 10 And he became hungry and desired something to eat; but while they were preparing it, he fell into a trance 11 and saw the heaven opened, and something descending, like a great sheet, let down by four corners upon the earth. 12 In it were all kinds of animals and reptiles and birds of the air. 13 And there came a voice to him, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.” 14 But Peter said, “No, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean.” 15 And the voice came to him again a second time, “What God has cleansed, you must not call common.” 16 This happened three times, and the thing was taken up at once to heaven.

Then in Acts 11:

Acts 11:2-18Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)
2 So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcision party criticized him, 3 saying, “Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?” 4 But Peter began and explained to them in order: 5 “I was in the city of Joppa praying; and in a trance I saw a vision, something descending, like a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came down to me. 6 Looking at it closely I observed animals and beasts of prey and reptiles and birds of the air. 7 And I heard a voice saying to me, ‘Rise, Peter; kill and eat.’ 8 But I said, ‘No, Lord; for nothing common or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ 9 But the voice answered a second time from heaven, ‘What God has cleansed you must not call common.’ 10 This happened three times, and all was drawn up again into heaven. 11 At that very moment three men arrived at the house in which we were, sent to me from Caesare′a. 12 And the Spirit told me to go with them, making no distinction. These six brethren also accompanied me, and we entered the man’s house. 13 And he told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, ‘Send to Joppa and bring Simon called Peter; 14 he will declare to you a message by which you will be saved, you and all your household.’ 15 As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us at the beginning. 16 And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, ‘John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ 17 If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could withstand God?” 18 When they heard this they were silenced. And they glorified God, saying, “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance unto life.”


The part where Jesus says he came to “add to it” and not “take away from it” is something I am trying to study up on a little. That might be what they are citing, it would be interesting to see where their research is.


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